How is Dahi Handi an adventure sport? HC asks Maha govt

first_imgMumbai, Jul 17 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government to clarify the grounds for classifying Dahi Handi as an adventure sport in 2015 and permitting minors to participate in the festival.A division bench of Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav raised the query while hearing a petition seeking contempt action against BJP leader Ashish Shelar and others for flouting conditions and restrictions laid down by the high court for the Dahi Handi festival in 2015.Apart from Shelar, the petition also sought contempt action against former Mumbai BJPs youth wing president Ganesh Pandey and the then principal secretary of the state governmentThe petitioner today informed the bench that after the high court laid down the restrictions in its order in 2015, the state government issued a resolution on August 11 the same year declaring Dahi Handi as an adventure sport.In its 2015 order, the high court had said the human pyramids formed during the festival shall not exceed the height of 20 feet and no minor shall be permitted to participate in its formation.Under the resolution, the government permitted minors above the age of 11 years to participate in the festival but with a letter from their parents.Referring to the resolution, Justice Jadhav today said, “Is Dahi Handi an adventure sport? Are our orders being flouted under the garb of it being an adventure sport? How can minors take part in such adventure sports? Explain it to us.”The bench directed the government to respond to its queries and posted the matter for further hearing on August 4.advertisementThe court also noted that political leaders like Ashish Shelar, who is head of the Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the state government in February 2015, should abstain from organising or even attending such festivals where court orders are being flouted.The Samiti was set up following a direction from the HC and its mandate was to implement the courts guidelines during the Dahi Handi festivities. PTI SP GK RT BASlast_img read more

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Terrorist is a terrorist regardless of outfit: DGP

first_imgSrinagar, Jul 28 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmirs top cop today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying “a terrorist was a terrorist” regardless of the terror outfit.Musa had recently broken ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.”A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us,” DGP S P Vaid told reporters here.He was responding to a question over naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of al-Qaeda.Yesterday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda.”No international outfit, be it Daesh (ISIS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here,” Salahuddin had said.Asked about Salahuddins statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves.The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added.Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it was their frustration.Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley.”All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them,” he said.advertisementThe state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders–chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik–would be questioned by the NIA.The press conference was called to announce Jammu and Kashmir State Marathon 2017, organised by police under civic action programme.Vaid said through the marathon, to be held on Sunday, the police wants to convey a message of peace in the Valley.”We are working with the people. Jammu and Kashmir police belongs to them,” he said.The DGP said such events would help in reducing stone- pelting in the Valley.”Yes, it will (reduce stone-pelting incidents). Marathons and sports activities will make children healthy and healthy brain exists in a healthy body, so they will think positive, he said.The marathon has been divided into five categories men full marathon, men half marathon, women half marathon, eight- km run for boys under 14 and six-km run for girls under 14.Total prize money of Rs three lakh would be given to the winners. PTI SSB MIJ AARlast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra sets sights on dream farewell in hometown Delhi

first_imgAshish Nehra will bring the curtains down on his 18-year-old international career on November 1 and left-arm seamer hoped it would end on a high in his hometown Delhi, where India and New Zealand will clash for the final T20 International.Nehra had debuted for India in 1999 when current skipper Virat Kohli was a 10-year-old boy. Plagued by injuries, Nehra’s career could not touch the heights it was expected to scale but he played his role in some memorable triumphs for Indian cricket.Back in the 2003 World Cup, Nehra was in top form, dismantling England with a spell that is still revered today. The 38-year-old also played a stellar role when India lifted the World Cup at home in 2011.However, another injury forced him out of the side from the final at Wankhede Stadium. He was since forced to go back on the sidelines as India experimented with a host fo young fast bowlers.Eventually called back into the side for the T20I series against Australia last year, Nehra has been unstoppable in the shortest format. He has also been an asset for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL but the Delhi ace said he will not play the glitzy T20 tournament either.”If I have decided something, there is no going back. If I retire, I won’t even play the IPL,” Nehra said at a press conference ahead of India’s final T20I against Australia in Hyderabad.If I have decided something, there is no going back. If I retire, I won’t even play the IPL: Ashish Nehra pic.twitter.com/b1k9dMdjOsadvertisement- ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2017It’s my own decision. Match on Nov 1 is in Delhi. There’s no bigger thing than to retire in your home town: Ashish Nehra on his retirement pic.twitter.com/cPoMRGD0hP- ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2017Nehra was not included in the team for the first two matches in Ranchi and Guwahati and it remains to be seen if Kohli plays the veteran in the series-decider on Friday.However, Nehra is hopeful he will be a part of the XI at the Feroz Shah Kotla and bow out on a high.”The match on November 1 is in Delhi. There’s no bigger thing than to retire in your home town. It can’t get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home crowd,” Nehra said.The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have said they owe a lot of their skills to Nehra’s advice and he is well respected in the dressing-room. The pace ace said the opinion of his team-mates was of utmost importance to him.”It’s very important to me what people in the dressing room say. Always good to retire when people ask why instead of why not.”last_img read more

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Premier League: Riyad Mahrez in full flow ahead of January transfer window

first_imgLeicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has found his form at just the right time.With the January transfer window kicked off, his current form is sure to impress suitors and he may well be able to embark towards his bigger dreams.On Monday night, Mahrez produced the kind of magic that led to the fairytale Premier League victory for Leicester.In Leicester’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, Mahrez not only scored a goal but it was his agility, precision and movement that saw Leicester completely dominate their opponents.In the close season, Mahrez’s potential move to Serie A club AS Roma broke down and that unsettled the Algerian, who believed by then that he needed to move out of Leicester to further build on his potential.”I am fiercely ambitious and feel now is the time to move on to a new experience,” Mahrez said at the time in a statement.Leicester rejected two bids from AS Roma and as the transfer window shut for the clubs, Mahrez had to settle with Leicester for his fifth season.”We wanted a left-footed winger to replace Mohamed Salah and put it all on Mahrez, but the only reason he didn’t come was because the club (Leicester) wouldn’t sell,” Roma sporting director Monchi had told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.The entire transfer saga seemed to have taken a toll on him and he failed to perform to the standards he had set early in the season.Apart from two assists in his first two Premier League games of the season, he remained quite for the next five matches and did not contribute much.advertisementBut since that dry patch, Mahrez started hitting his target and in his last 15 league appearances, he has been involved in 12 goals — scoring seven and assisting five.But it was to be December, right before the transfer window opened again, that Mahrez found his purple patch and dazzled on the pitch like people are used to seeing him.Not just the goals he has managed to put on board but it is actually the number of chances he has created that carry all the weight.In each of the matches against Burnley, Newcastle United and Southampton, he created more chances than in his 14 previous appearance and his impact shone far more under new manager Claude Puel.Then, after Leicester had an off day in losing at home to Crystal Palace, Mahrez set up Jamie Vardy for the opener against Manchester United, scored in the defeat at Watford and provided another for Vardy at Liverpool before a goal and assist against Huddersfield hours before the January window opens.”I would like to keep all my best players,” Puel said after Mahrez’s fantastic display on Monday. “We will ask him the question. For me I am happy to play with the team with Riyad.”Leicester fans will agree with that sentiment after seeing a player who was so instrumental to their 2015-16 Premier League title success return to his best form.However, with Mahrez having already expressed a desire to leave, he could be angling for a move in the coming weeks. This time, Leicester may just get an offer they cannot refuse.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Lakers Destroy Knicks, 127-96

first_imgLOS ANGELES — With Knicks President Phil Jackson watching from a luxury suite high above the court, his new team’s teetering playoff hopes got a big shove from his old team’s incredible offensive show.Xavier Henry scored 22 points, Nick Young hit five 3-pointers while scoring 20 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers set a franchise record with 51 points in the third quarter of their 127-96 victory over New York on March 25.Although the Lakers have 16 NBA championships and a luminous list of former superstars, those teams never had a quarter to compare to the 12 magical minutes played after halftime by Los Angeles’ current patchwork roster.And no Knicks defense had ever given up 51 points in a quarter until this team did it in a key game for its postseason chase. New York dropped three games behind Atlanta for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“We hit shots all over the place,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s infectious. When you start taking good shots, they start going in, and even the hard shots start going in.”Indeed, the Lakers hit 19 of their 26 shots with six 3-pointers, stretching an eight-point halftime lead to 30. Nine players contributed a field goal to the spree, led by nine points from Chris Kaman in his first game action in March.“It feels good, but it only lasts one night,” said Henry, who played exceptionally well with a torn ligament in his shooting wrist. “We’ve just got to be encouraged for the rest of the season from it.”Kent Bazemore scored 18 points as the Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in more than three weeks with a season-high 82 points from their reserves, including Henry and Young.Jodie Meeks had four 3-pointers as Los Angeles finished one 3-pointer shy of the single-game club record during the Lakers’ highest-scoring game of the season. Five players hit multiple 3-pointers, including three apiece for Henry and rookie Ryan Kelly.Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who have lost two straight after an eight-game winning streak. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and Amare Stoudemire had 16 in the Knicks’ seventh straight road loss to the Lakers since 2007.“At the end of the day, it’s just individual pride,” said J.R. Smith, who had 12 points. “You have to have pride in guarding your man, guarding the ball, and we just didn’t have that the last three quarters.”The Knicks are assured of a losing season with their 42nd loss, and the Hawks have two games in hand in the playoff race. Those high stakes and Jackson’s looming presence weren’t enough to spur New York to a competent defensive performance.“I thought we came out ready to play,” New York coach Mike Woodson said. “I mean, we held them to 14 points in the first quarter, and then that second and third quarter, all hell broke loose. We just didn’t have any answer for them from a defensive standpoint. I thought the plan was perfect starting the game, and when they went to their bench, they came out blazing and we just couldn’t control them.”Jackson’s fiancee, Lakers executive Jeanie Buss, watched from the second row. The 11-time NBA champion coach arrived late at the building where he won five titles with the Lakers, who declined to re-hire him early last season, infuriating much of their fan base.With Pau Gasol sidelined by vertigo, Kaman had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Lakers’ starting center. Steve Nash also sat out for the 17th time in the Lakers’ last 18 games.The Lakers missed 13 of their 18 shots in a 14-point first quarter, but rolled off a 22-4 run in 5½ minutes to open the second. Meeks and Jordan Hill then expanded the Lakers’ lead with a 12-0 run early in the third before the Lakers really got rolling.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rangers Rout The Pens, 5-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist was still wary of the Pittsburgh Penguins even as he and the rest of the New York Rangers dismantled the hottest team in hockey.A three-goal lead after one period was nice. A four-goal edge through two was even better. But a sure thing? No chance.“I didn’t feel safe after 4-0, to be honest with you,” Lundqvist said.The star goalie had no reason to worry in the end. He stopped all 33 shots the Penguins fired his way, and the Rangers cruised to a 5-0 win Nov. 11 that snapped Pittsburgh’s seven-game winning streak and broke New York’s skid at two.“You never know. They can turn things around so fast,” said Lundqvist, who earned his third shutout this season and team-record 53rd.The Penguins haven’t just been winning but dominating — outscoring opponents 33-8 during their streak. Pittsburgh had scored at least four goals in each of its previous four games.“We kept talking about making good decisions throughout the game,” Lundqvist said. “You’re never safe. A hockey game can change so fast. You have to be smart, especially when you play one of the best teams.”Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored in the first period, Derick Brassard had a power-play tally in the second, and Rick Nash — who had two assists — scored a short-handed goal in the third.The Penguins (10-3-1), who will complete a five-game trip Nov. 14 at Toronto, hadn’t allowed a power-play goal in 10 games, and their streak reached 39 kills before Brassard’s goal.Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh, 5-1-1 on the road.“I want to stop the puck, and five went in,” Fleury said. “It (stinks) but you deal with it. They came out strong right from the start.”The Rangers (7-6-2) shook off their lackluster performance in a 3-1 home loss to Edmonton on Nov. 9 and jumped all over the Penguins.“Not one guy in this room was happy or was going to accept the way we played the last game,” defenseman Marc Staal said. “We wanted to respond. We know what kind of team we are. We just have to get the confidence to play like that consistently.”The Rangers are 6-3-2 in their last 11 and 5-1-2 in their last eight at home.New York drew an interference penalty against Sidney Crosby just 57 seconds in. It didn’t produce a goal, but generated four shots and set the tone. Fleury was sharp early and kept the Penguins in it as long as he could.“It’s always frustrating to have a game like that,” Crosby said. “Right from the start we were outplayed.“However many in a row we won, that’s no excuse. We weren’t good enough. Sometimes you don’t have good starts, and you don’t always pay for it. Tonight we definitely did.”Pittsburgh was being outshot 9-3 but nearly grabbed a 1-0 lead when a drive got behind Lundqvist and slid toward the empty net. Rangers forward Tanner Glass alertly swept the puck away from the goal line just in time with 12:18 remaining.“It would have given us a big boost,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, “but at the same time, we didn’t have the intensity we were talking about to get on those loose pucks.”No one bailed out Fleury.Derek Stepan won a faceoff in the right circle back to Zuccarello, who snapped a drive that beat Fleury at 8:23 for his third of the season — all scored in his past six games. It was also his 100th NHL point.Just 2:36 later, St. Louis doubled the lead with his fifth. Staal’s shot from the left point struck defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in front, and the rebound came to Nash, who quickly slid the puck to his right to St. Louis, who slammed it past Fleury.Klein pushed the advantage to three with 5:13 left in the first. “We were a little more flat,” Fleury said. “It’s unlike us.”The Penguins received their first power play in the final minute of the first, but couldn’t take advantage, even with the benefit of clean ice at the start of the second.Fleury returned to the sharp play he displayed early and held off the Rangers for a while. He even got the benefit of a waved-off goal because of traffic in the crease.But the Rangers broke through the Penguins’ formidable penalty-killers and made it 4-0 while Steve Downie served a roughing penalty. Brassard skated into the circle and deftly snapped a shot that appeared to glance off Fleury and sail under the crossbar with 9:11 left in the second.Lundqvist remained steady and made his best save when he turned aside a quick one-timer from in front by Chris Kunitz with 2:51 left in the second. Nash made it 5-0 with his 12th of the season at 7:45 of the third.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Goals galore by the Big Four

first_imgThe new Super League season kicked off this weekend without any surprises, with a number of spectacular goals and with the four title contenders showing their caliber.Olympiakos, PAOK, Panathinaikos and AEK all won, with varying degrees of ease, scoring 15 goals between them and accounting for 60 percent of the goals of the entire weekend that involved 14 teams.Champion Olympiakos paraded its new team, mostly acquired after its four European games during the summer, thrashing visiting Veria 6-1 on Sunday evening at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Brown Ideye scored a hat-trick, the other goals coming from Seba, Tarik Elyounoussi, and Luka Milivojevic. Pantelis Kapetanos scored Veria’s consolation.PAOK missed a host of chances but still managed to beat Panetolikos 2-1 at home, goals coming from Diego Biseswar and Garry Rodrigues, before Panetolikos pulled one back in injury time via Amr Warda.Panathinaikos was the only one of the “big four” to win away from home, downing Levadiakos 3-0 on Saturday. Its goals came from Cristian Ledesma, Mubarak Wakaso and Sebastian Leto.AEK scored three times in the first 17 minutes, eventually beating Xanthi 4-1 in Athens on Sunday. New signing Hugo Almeida scored a brace, and Petros Mantalos with Vila Didac were added to the scoresheet. Xanthi had Hamza Younes as its scorer.Greece’s other representative in Europe in the summer, PAS Giannina, was quite impressive against visiting Atromitos, winning 3-0. Platanias defeated host Kerkyra that has just bounced back up from the second division with a 1-0 score, and Panionios continued on last’s year form beating Asteras Tripolis 3-0.On Monday promoted Larissa hosts Iraklis.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ref Holds Up Cyprus Soccer Game after Fan Trouble

first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — A Cyprus first-division match between APOEL Nicosia and AEL Limassol was interrupted for more than an hour, attracted riot police, and finished amid near-empty stands on Monday.Referee Demetris Mashias halted play late into the first half in Limassol after a ballboy appeared to have been hurt. He was taken away by ambulance to a private clinic.The match resumed a half hour later until Mashias again whistled a stop when fans began showering the pitch with flares. Some opposing fans then made it to the edge of the pitch and began hurling objects at each other. Police in full riot gear moved in to keep them apart.After fans filed out, the match resumed to a nearly vacant Tsirion Stadium and finished 0-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Expectations Rrise as Giannis, Bucks Move Into New Arena

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — In his never-ending quest to improve, Giannis Antetokounmpo connected in the offseason with one of the NBA’s retired greats.No way was the Milwaukee Bucks star going to be late for a summer workout with Kobe Bryant.But showing up three hours early? That sends a message.It’s all part of an effort by Antetokounmpo to help get the Bucks take another step in the postseason.“I just wanted to show him I’m not here to mess around … I’m here to get better, simple as that. I think he understood that,” Antetokounmpo said. “It was an amazing day. It was a dream working out with Kobe.”Expectations are on the rise in Milwaukee after three first-round exits over the last four seasons. The Bucks are moving into a new downtown arena, the Fiserv Forum, and new coach Mike Budenholzer has experience winning playoff series.The Bucks hope they’ll be able to get a top-four seed. Whatever the case, they believe they have the talent to get out of the first round.It’s just the type of growth that the ownership group envisioned after buying the team in 2014.FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks past Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. Antetokounmpo is still only 23, but he’s entering his sixth season in the NBA. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)“When you look at what’s happened, every year has gotten better. Look, there are a lot of expectations on us … from the fans, from the team, from the coaching staff,” co-owner Marc Lasry said. “I think our goal is you want to keep on evolving and you want to keep on getting better.”SPACING IT OUTBoxes outlined in blue tape lined spots around the 3-point line of the Bucks’ practice court on the first day of training camp, a sign of one of Budenholzer’s philosophical priorities. He wants his team to shoot 3s.The hope is that proper spacing also helps open more 1-on-1 opportunities for Antetokounmpo to do what he does best: get to the lane for a dunk or a foul call. The Greek star also has the ability to dish to a teammate for an open shot, too.“I think it’s the best thing for Giannis to use his ability to just beat people 1-on-1,” forward Ersan Ilyasova said. “That’s why we try to give him more space and be in those blue boxes.”GET BACKThe offensive philosophy goes hand-in-hand with the focus on transition defense at camp. A missed 3 means the Bucks need to get back quickly to prevent a quick bucket by the opponent.“That’s where your defense starts. If you’re not good in transition, then you’re probably not going to be good, or you’re going to be taking it out of the net and playing a lot of offense,” Budenholzer said.FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer poses for a photograph during media day at the NBA basketball team’s new arena, in Milwaukee. The Bucks’ biggest offseason addition was the hiring of Budenholzer. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)AT THE COREAntetokounmpo is still only 23, but he’s entering his sixth season in the NBA. In his seventh year in the league, Khris Middleton is coming off his first season in which he averaged more than 20 points while playing all 82 regular-season games. Point guard Eric Bledsoe is going into his first full season with the Bucks after being acquired in November in a trade with the Phoenix Suns. Both Middleton and Bledsoe are going into the last years of their contracts, though Middleton does have an option in 2019.ON GUARDThird-year player Malcolm Brogdon is healthy again after missing much of last season with a quad injury, returning just in time for the first-round playoff loss to Boston. The absence of the 2017 NBA rookie of the year deprived the Bucks of one of their best two-way players. Expected to start in the backcourt next to Bledsoe, Brogdon can hit 3s and handle the ball. He also offers a fearless presence in driving to the rim.BIG SIGNINGSThe Bucks’ biggest offseason addition was the hiring of Budenholzer. General manager Jon Horst made less splashy moves in free agency with the signings of Ilyasova and 7-foot center Brook Lopez, though their additions could be just as important. Drafted by the Bucks in 2005, the 6-foot-10 Ilyasova is in his third career stint with Milwaukee. Lopez, an 11-year veteran, figures to start at center. Both will be asked to contribute from the perimeter.—By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Judge Grants USWNT Class Status in Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team has been granted class status in its lawsuit against U.S. Soccer that alleges gender discrimination in compensation and working conditions.U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner’s ruling Friday in Los Angeles expands the case beyond the 28 players who originally brought the lawsuit to include all players who had been called up to camp or played in a game over a multiyear period. U.S. Soccer had opposed the move to certify the class.Twenty-eight players, including stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, were part of the original suit filed against U.S. Soccer in March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation between the men’s and women’s teams. A May 5 trial date has been set in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.The federation has maintained that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result. Men’s team players are paid largely by appearance and performance, while the contract for the women’s team includes provisions for health care and other benefits, as well as salaries in the National Women’s Soccer League.The players disputed U.S. Soccer’s claims that some of them made more than their male counterparts, maintaining that if men had been as successful as the women’s team, they would have earned far more. The U.S. women won back-to-back World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. The men failed to make the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Judge Klausner did not rule on the merits of the lawsuit but acknowledged the players’ claims that they were paid less on a per-game basis than the men and did not enjoy the same working conditions.“The failure to provide the (women’s National Team) with equal working conditions is a real (not abstract) injury which affects each Plaintiff in a personal and individual way,” the judge ruled “Plaintiffs also have offered sufficient proof of this injury. Indeed, Plaintiffs have submitted declarations establishing that WNT players were subject to discriminatory working conditions.”Molly Levinson, who speaks for the players in matters of the lawsuit, applauded the ruling.“This is a historic step forward in the struggle to achieve equal pay. We are so pleased that the Court has recognized USSF’s ongoing discrimination against women players – rejecting USSF’s tired arguments that women must work twice as hard and accept lesser working conditions to get paid the same as men. We are calling on (U.S. Soccer President) Carlos Cordeiro to lead USSF and demand an end to the unlawful discrimination against women now,” Levinson said.U.S. Soccer had “no specific comment” on the ruling.By: Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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My most influential ICs

first_imgICM7218 antedeluvian says: LM339 October 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. MAX690 October 6, 2016 at 9:42 am 8 thoughts on “My most influential ICs” LM358 LOC110 October 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm Log in to Reply MAX232 Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog October 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Using static analysis to improve IIoT device securityNext The Write Stuff: A Hot Date “@Timnn”did you mean the MC146818 RTC? “nnYes I did. Thanks for the info.n” Log in to Reply “@JackPeacocknn”I’d add the General Instruments AY-3-1015 async serial transceiver”nnI guess you’d have to add a Baud Rate generator to that. What part would you use- the Fairchild 4702?nn”lowly 2N3904 and 2N3906 transistors “. nnIt didn’t occu AD626 TL431 October 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm I had worked with several standalone UARTs and used several offerings like Intel’s 8251, but when National (or maybe it was Western Digital) brought out the INS8250, it seemed to cover every option (including an on-board oscillator and baud rate generator) except one. It didn’t have the 8051’s 9-bit mode. Still it was good enough to be in the PC. I actually wrote a design idea on how to manipulate the 8250 to achieve a 9-bit performance – it was published in EDN Design Ideas as” Implement a Nine-Data-Bit UART on a PC” in June 6, 1998, but good luck finding it. [Editor’s note: Although various system migrations have made finding gems such as this difficult, a portion at least of Aubrey’s article is here (scroll to the bottom).] As I started working more and more with RS485, the appearance of the MAX485 was a great improvement over the earlier devices. Although the TI SN75176 was nominally the same functionality as the MAX485, it was not implemented in CMOS and drew quite a bit more current. Perhaps it deserves the nod.Strangely enough, driving many LEDs (both discrete and as 7 segments) popped up quite often and the micros had a limited number of pins, not to mention fairly slow clock rates so that there were constraints on processing tasks. I found Intersil’s ICM7218 (and later Maxim’s equivalent) family worked its way into several designs especially since it had a serial interface, which was relatively unusual back then. The family is still going strong as you can see from a new Arduino Display Driver Shield from Maxim.Figure 1. The 72 LEDs just to the left of the middle of the board were driven by an ICM7218, the IC just below them. There is another favourite IC on the board – the 8032 (8051 derivative) and a linear regulator on the left with the heatsink although I can’t remember why. The unit worked from the telecommunications standard -48VDC and used a SMPS module (in the unpopulated area on the left). (Source: Author)  And for something completely different: years ago I was told that it was not possible to design a self-powered 4-20 current loop isolator. I stumbled across a linear opto-isolator the LOC110 from CP Clare (now IXYS) (an alternate to the IL300 from Siemens at the time) and started working with it in my spare time. In the end it could be done and I am told my product is now considered the industry standard and has been for over 17 years. I first used the Linear Tech op-amp LT1366 on this loop isolator. For a digital designer flirting with analog, I chose the most all-round op-amp that I could find. Low power, rail-to-rail and operating to over 24Vdc supply, it may be pricey, but it worked like a charm and it frequently sneaks into my designs even though there may be a more optimal choice for a specific case.There are two kinds of design engineers in industrial electronics: those who know about instrumentation amplifiers (IA) and those who are about to learn that they needed an IA and what the heck are they going to do about it now? Planet Analog editor, Steve Taranovich, recently did a blog on the topic “6 Burr-Brown secrets to success you need to know about instrumentation amplifiers”. I messed around with a few in my early days, even tried to make my own from three op-amps. I quickly settled on the AD626 from Analog Devices. It will work with a single supply voltage, from low to high supply voltages and will tolerate a common mode voltage outside the supply rails, making it suitable for high side current monitoring. Even though there are many more options in the marketplace today, it is still a favourite of mine.I have designed more 4-to-20mA output devices that the proverbial number of hot dinners I have consumed. Where there is no requirement for loop power, the XTR110 is the quickest and surest way of designing the output. It doesn’t hurt that it has great performance as well even though today there are more economical options.It’s amazing how long some of these devices have been in production. There is no real order in my list, so please don’t try to read anything into the sequence. It’s your turn now. What devices have made a difference to the way you approach a design?My List with links: Log in to Reply XTR110 MAX485 RGARVIN640 says: “@RGARVIN640nnMy electronic formative years were in South Africa which was far removed from any other epicentre of electronic design and the market was also significantly different. Intel had great representation followed at quite a distance by Motorola. antedeluvian says: center_img Log in to Reply 2716 “DavidnnThere is no dispute about the influence of the 741- it just wasn’t a direct influence on my designs. nnHowever indirectly it did influence me a lot. I did a design once for a coffee packaging machine that measured weight using LVDTs. The gain s INS8250 Tim Hawks says: “No mention of the 741? It may be a pretty ordinary op-amp compared to your AD626, but it was the first real universal op-amp (the 709 was finnicky to compensate) and a lot of us cut our teeth on it. That makes it influential in my book…” JackPeacock says: October 16, 2016 at 12:17 am “For number 13 did you mean the MC146818 RTC? It’s data sheet at least is now at NXP, via Freescale from Motorola” LT1366 “I’d add the General Instruments AY-3-1015 async serial transceiver, the original UART and the go-to part for RS-232 interfaces.nnAnd how many times did the lowly 2N3904 and 2N3906 transistors make it onto a board to switch that one last signal?” MC6818 October 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm ICL7660 PSoC antedeluvian says: 8051 “Mine was the 6502 chip from Synertek in 1980. It was lower priced than other available 8 bit micros at the time and opened up many different applications to micro control. There were also several other manufacturers who were making the part which helped k David_Ashton_EC says: October 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm 7805 LM317 At the turn of the 21st century several EE luminaries created lists for a Hall of Fame of ICs. I searched, but could find no official list. I was reminded of it in a comment by Martin Rowe “MAX232 is a hall-of-fame IC. I designed them into a number of products, including the first Extech Comms printer ”. I thought I should create my own Hall of Fame. There are some that I am sure we can all agree should be there. Others have special meaning to me in that they proved to be really useful and appeared in several projects, often defining the approach.There can be no doubt that the 555 should be on anyone’s list. An analog IC that pretends to be digital, can be configured as an astable or monostable and is simple enough for a beginner or even a dumb digital engineer like me. The market segment still seems to be remarkably vibrant (see my blog “Timer, anyone?”)Early on, MOS micros, EPROMs, and RAMs had multi voltage supplies and they drew a fair amount of current, so heat dissipation from linear supplies (switch mode power supplies were few and far between) was an issue. Micros and RAM had already shifted to a 5V only supply, but when Intel introduced the 2716 (2Kx8) EPROM systems could be completely single supply. What a win! And yet we have now returned to multiple supplies!The Hitachi range of dot matrix LCD character displays using the HD44780 controller came in many formats from 1 line by 8 characters to 2 lines by 32 characters. They were great for a user interface when micro-based devices were still in their infancy. Whilst the HD44780 is a candidate on its own for Hall of Fame, I have an associated IC: The LCD module required a negative voltage to alter the viewing angle of the display and since I wanted a just a single supply board, Intersil’s ICL7660 was the answer to this problem and several other issues that required low current negative voltages.There have been many iterations to the switched capacitor approach of the ICL7660, higher voltage, smaller capacitors, positive voltage, smaller size but perhaps the most famous of the offshoots was the MAX232. Since I began this blog with Martin’s quote, I need not continue.When I was designing SBX cards (mezzanine cards intended for Intel’s single board computer (Multibus) product range) I designed and produced a watchdog timer which consisted of several TTL ICs. I remember going to the first Maxim seminar (Maxim had just been formed as a spin off from Intersil) and learning about the MAX232 and the MAX690 watchdog timer. I was really enthused after that and almost every system of mine since then has employed a watchdog timer.As you can see above, single supply voltage drove much of the design considerations. In the early days I was also very wary of analog circuits and had a mental block on the bipolar voltages used on the linear devices. And then suddenly there were the LM311/ LM339 single and quad comparators and there was light. It took a while longer for the single supply op-amp like the LM358 to come out, but when it did I found myself working more and more with analog circuits. The TL431 voltage reference has also graced many of my designs.Still sticking with the single supply theme, who could forget the linear regulators – the LM309, the 7805, and the adjustable LM317? If I remember correctly, the LM317 was selected as the electronic product of the year when it was released.When it came to micros I designed with quite a few: the 8085, Z80, 8048 and the 8051, but if I have to select just one then it would have to be the 8051. But I hasten to add that when I discovered the PSoC architecture circa 2002, there has been no other architecture that I will use if given free reign. It is true that the implementation has undergone a radical shift from the PSoC1 to PSoC4 and PSoC5, but it is for the better and I really enjoy building as much of the design into the hardware capabilities of the device. Take a look at my recent 3 part blog on how to measure the RMS of a signal “Measuring an RMS value on a PSoC5” Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.I was always interested in clock/calendar devices and it seemed to me that they took a long time to come out in monolithic form. I made and early SBX board using the NEC uPD1990 which was a Julian calendar and needed software to add the leap day. National Semi had announced several, but when I tried to get them I was told by the salesman that it was “easy to invent a data sheet, but harder to make the device”. When Motorola brought out the MC6818 it seemed to encapsulate all that I needed and my choice was validated by IBM’s selection of it for the PC.Continue to page 2 >> antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply 555 Log in to Reply Log in to Reply last_img read more

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Green Hills extends trusted instrument cluster solutions to Renesas’ R-Car D3 SoC

first_imgGreen Hills Software announced its safe and secure INTEGRITY real-time operating system and supporting products/services portfolio for the R-Car D3 automotive SoC for graphical instrument clusters from Renesas Electronics. The highly integrated high-performance platform combines the trusted ASIL-certified INTEGRITY RTOS and development tools with the high-performance 64-bit R-Car D3 and its Open GL 3D graphics acceleration from the Power VR Series 8XE graphics processing unit from Imagination Technologies. Carmakers and their Tier 1 suppliers can now create rich and smooth graphics-intensive HMI for automotive infotainment and instrument clusters on the safe and secure INTEGRITY run-time foundation.The Renesas R-Car D3 includes a 3D graphics core that enables high-performance human-machine interface and realises significantly reduced system development cost equivalent to those of existing 2D cluster systems.Customers have a comprehensive set of Green Hills capabilities to build from with the Green Hills solution for the R-Car D3:INTEGRITY RTOS, the gold standard run-time foundation for safety/security critical software in automotive. Performance-focused support for the Arm 64-bit cores leverages NEON SIMD and hardware virtualisation.As an optional future feature, the INTEGRITY Multivisor secure virtualisation extension safely runs guest operating systems such as Linux and Android alongside real-time critical applications, assuring freedom from interference with near-native speed performance, inter-process communication and sharing of hardware resources such as the GPU.MULTI 64-bit integrated development environment and debugger, safety-qualified Green Hills C/C++ Optimizing Compilers and 64-bit toolchain, profiler and many other integrated time-saving tools.Integrated code quality tools including MISRA C/C++ code quality adherence checker and DoubleCheck static analyser.Multicore run-control, board bring-up, low-level debugging and real-time trace debugging with the Green HiIls Probe and SuperTrace Probe utilising industry-standard CoreSight from Arm.Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit with FIPS 140-2 compliant services that secure embedded devices through secure boot, secure data storage, secure networks (SSL, TSL, IPSec, SSH) and digitally signed secure OTA firmware updates.Cloud-based Device Lifecycle Management manages secure credentials throughout the manufacturing supply chain, even over untrusted networks.Proven partner ecosystem spanning graphics, networking, connectivity, encryption, application modeling and all aspects of embedded device development and deployment.Services for safety/security certifications, system performance and programmer productivity.The INTEGRITY RTOS and comprehensive MULTI development environment for the Renesas R-Car D3 are available today. The solution is demonstrated in the Green Hills booth at the embedded world.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Executing secure functions from non-secure code using Arm TrustZoneNext b-plus: HiL-reinjection of sensor raw datalast_img read more

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Infineon: OPTIGA Trust M to improve security of cloud connected devices and services

first_img Continue Reading Previous Alps Alpine develops compact solderless waterproof detector switchNext Farnell expands its Schneider Electric range with addition of 12,000 new products Hardware-based trust anchors are key for connected applications and smart services, whether for a robotic arm in the smart factory or automated air conditioning in a private home. The new OPTIGA Trust M solution from Infineon Technologies helps manufacturers to enhance the security of their devices while at the same time improving overall system performance. The single-chip solution securely stores unique device credentials and enables devices to connect to the cloud up to ten times faster than software-only alternatives. It is ideal for industry and building automation, smart homes and consumer electronics.As cloud connectivity and AI-based applications continue to grow, zero-touch provisioning of devices to the network or cloud is gaining more and more traction. When deploying OPTIGA Trust M, critical assets such as certificates and key pairs used to identify a device can be injected into the chip at Infineon’s secured factory premises. The turnkey set-up minimizes design, integration and deployment effort of embedded systems by providing a cryptographic toolbox, protected I2C interface and open source code on GitHub. Furthermore, the high-end security controller is certified according to CC EAL6+ (high) and provides advanced asymmetric cryptography. It has a lifetime of 20 years and can be securely updated in the field.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan cruise to historic win over 10-man Colombia

first_imgJapan defeated Colombia 2-1 in their opening Group H game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, to exact revenge for their 4-1 humiliation in the last edition.Japan, currently ranked 61st in the world according to the FIFA rankings, hence became the first Asian team to beat a South American team in the World Cup. Colmbia are incidentally ranked 16th.Japan won their fifth ever match in the World Cup thanks to Yuya Osako’s 73rd minute winner, which was enough to bag them three crucial points in a group which some have called as the group of death in this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAsian teams had managed three draws in 17 matches against South American sides but the four-times Asian champions made their extra man count after Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez became the first player to get a red card in Russia.Colombia got off to the worst start, when Carlos Sanchez received a red card in the opening minutes of their match for a deliberate handball inside the box, to become the second fastest to be sent off in a World Cup matchWORLD CUP DAY 6 LIVE COVERAGE Ex-Aston Villa ace Sanchez was given his marching orders two minutes and 56 seconds into the game when his arm denied his Japanese opponent a clear shot at goal. There was little but no choice for referee Damir Skomina to send the defender off.The fastest-ever though still remains Jose Batista, who was sent off inside the first minute for fouling Gordon Strachan in 1986 World Cup match between Scotland and Uruguay. He was sent off in just 54 minutes.advertisementAlso read – A red card in 2 min, 56 secs for naughty SanchezSanchez became the first player to be red-carded in this year’s World Cup and will surely be suspended for his actions. He could also face further repercussions for refusing to immediately leave the field of play as Colombia’s players protested the decision. He is also the first Colombian to be sent off in a World Cup.Shinji Kagawa stepped up for Japan and slotted the ball past keeper David Ospina to take the lead. Juan Cuadrado was taken off the field to be replaced by Barrios as defensive reinforcement.But the joy was short lived for Japan as Juan Quintero as Colombia equalised six minutes before the interval when his low free kick squeezed over the line, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.With the goal Quintero became first player to score in two different World Cup tournaments for Colombia (2014 & 2018). Incidentally there have been more direct free-kick goals scored in just 15 games at this World Cup than there were in the entire 2014 edition.Kagawa went close to scorring in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a dangerous position in the box.With Japan dominating in midfield, Colombia’s Argentine coach Jose Pekerman opted to sacrifice Juan Cuadrado around the half hour mark to send on defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios.That gave Colombia extra control and their all-time leading scorer and captain Radamel Falcao came more into the game.Falcao, making his World Cup debut after missing the last tournament in Brazil due to injury, showed his hunger when he stretched full length to get his foot to an overhead cross but did not have the power to beat the goalkeeper.Genki Haraguchi’s foul on Falcao earned Colombia a foul on the edge of the box and Quintero fired a low free kick under the leaping wall. Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima reacted late and by the time he got his hands to the ball, it had crossed the line.Pekerman introduced James Rodriguez, who did not start due to a calf problem, in the 59th minute but the Golden Boot winner in Brazil was unable to change the course of the match.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Oppo Find X is official, and it’s every bit as futuristic as it was touted to be prior to launch. The Find X, is indeed, an all screen and no bezel phone. Or at least, the closest that it can get to realizing this dream in the current scenario. The Find X achieves this by taking forward things that Vivo started with its recently launched X21, and adding all sorts of crazy to it, down to the T. The Find X, to begin with, has a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Oppo calls it panoramic arc screen.The Find X is Oppo’s first flagship in years, but unlike its other flagship phones, the Find X is launching in global markets including North America and Europe. Further, the company is hosting a separate launch event in India on July 12 where Oppo is expected to announce the Find X for the Indian market. Here’s a closer look at everything that the Oppo Find X brings to the table.Specifications:Processor: The Oppo Find X is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.RAM: The Oppo Find X comes with up to 8GB RAM.Internal storage: It comes with up to 256GB internal storage which is also expandable.Screen: The Oppo Find X comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p+ OLED display and a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent.Rear camera: The Oppo Find X sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. There’s OIS and also lots and lots of AI on-board.Front camera: On the front, the Oppo Find X comes with a 25MP camera with AI and portrait light feature.advertisementSoftware: The Oppo Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS 5.1. The Find X is also eligible for Android P Beta.Battery: The phone is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging. The phone charges over USB Type-C.Special features:– The Oppo Find X does not have a notch nor a prominent chin. One wonders how things would be if Oppo had somehow managed to removed that wee bit of chin like the Apple iPhone X, as well. But that’s alright. The Find X is the craziest bit of technology we’ve seen coming out of China off late — after the Vivo Nex — and because Oppo is fairly active in India, chances are the Find X may come to India as well. The fact that the phone supports global LTE bands and will be sold in the US and Europe — a first for Oppo — adds credence to the fact that Oppo isn’t looking for China exclusivity with the Find X. — The Find X, as crazy as it is, features an all-glass front and back. A completely clean front and back. There are no physical buttons. Or cameras. That’s right, the Find X does not ship with conventional cameras. Instead it features a motorized system that pops out every time you need the cameras, or face unlock. Oppo calls it Stealth 3D camera system. The system is similar to the pop-out system found on the Vivo Nex only in the case of the Find X, it involves both the front and rear cameras that sit nestled inside the glass sandwich and pop out only when you want them to. Oppo says that the system can pop out in just 0.5 seconds which is pretty nice, although it must be noted, that such a system that’s dependant on moving parts would be prone to wear and tear over time. Oppo claims that the system can be used for roughly 300,000 times, which should get most users over 5 years of usage from the Find X.– The Find X does not have a fingerprint scanner and instead supports only 3D facial recognition. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.– The 3D facial recognition technology on-board the Oppo Find X uses a system that’s pretty similar to the one found on the iPhone X. It consists of a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illuminator that apparently makes O-Face (that’s what Oppo calls its system) a whole lot secure and faster than conventional mechanisms. Also, it works in the dark, claims Oppo.– The cameras on-board the Oppo Find X are loaded with AI. While the dual rear camera system can detect 21 scenarios and accordingly it can adjust your photos, the front camera supports Omoji that are Oppo’s take on Apple’s Animoji.Price and availabilityThe Oppo Find X has been launched at a ridiculously high price tag of 999 Euros which roughly translates to Rs 78,699. It will be available in two colour options: Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue. Oppo is also launching a limited edition of the Find X in collaboration with luxury car maker Lamborghini. The special edition smartphone will have a textured carbon fiber back with a Lamborghini logo etched in, and also Super VOOC charging support out-of-the-box. The Lamborghini edition of the Oppo Find X will cost buyers 1,699 Euros which roughly translates to Rs 1,33,913.advertisementALSO READ: Oppo Find X launched with bezel-less all glass body, pop-out cameras and 3D facial recognitionlast_img read more

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IOA lacks competence to understand that football is global sport: AIFF

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today alleged that Narinder Batra-led Indian Olympic Association (IOA) “lacks vision and competence” after the national team was not cleared for participation in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. “Its clear the IOA lacks the vision and competence to understand that football is a global sport played by 212 countries and that the top 5 teams in Asia play in the FIFA World Cup where the level of competition is far superior to the Asian Games,” the AIFF said in a statement. This will be the first time since the 1994 Hiroshima edition that an Indian team will not take part in the football competition of the Asian Games, which is an U-23 event with three over-age players being allowed. As per IOA regulations, only those national teams which are ranked between 1-8 at the continental level, were cleared for the Games. Accordingly, ‘Blue Tigers’, who are currently ranked 14 in Asia were denied an opportunity despite a string of good performances in international matches of late. India have qualified for the marquee Asian Cup after a gap of eight years, having last played 2011. “In fact, the premier football competition in Asia is the AFC Asian Cup where India has qualified after 8 years. IOAs stance and myopic view comes in sharp contrast to the support of both the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India, both of whom who have been hugely supportive of Indian Football and recognised AIFFs efforts in the last 3 years,” AIFF said.advertisement It was also learnt that AIFF president Praful Patel had called up Batra, secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and the tainted Lalit Bhanot (Chairman, Preparation Committee, Asian Games) explaining them the circumstances and also sent letters. “However, disregarding all facts, the IOA chose to stick to its original stance of sending teams ranked between 1-8 to take part, thus turning a blind eye to Indian football in the continental Games. “It is indeed a sad state of affairs for sport in India that the IOA is unable to distinguish the specific needs of each sport in the country. The IOA was never even bothered to even once discuss with the AIFF the strategy and plans for developing football in India,” the AIFF alleged. PTI KHS KHS PDSPDSlast_img read more

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India vs England: KL Rahul joins Rohit Sharma with second T20I hundred

first_imgKL Rahul became the second Indian to blast two T20I hundreds when he stormed to the triple figure mark against England in the first of a three-match series against England at Manchester.Rahul was sent in to bat at number three ahead of skipper Virat Kohli and the Bangalore boy made the most of his opportunities as he made 101 off 54 deliveries. In Ireland, he had been promoted to open the innings with Kohli and smashed a pulsating 36-ball 70.The 26-year-old Rahul enjoyed a sensational IPL campaign for Kings XI Punjab, smashing 659 runs off 14 matches.Rahul, many experts feel, should now be a part of Indian teams across formats. The stylish batsman did not play the IPL this year but in 2018, he was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore and was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab.MATCH BLOGOn his debut for KXIP, he blasted the fastest fifty in the history of the IPL. Moreover, in the innings to follow, he showed intent and a desire to complete the innings. Even though KXIP slipped out of the race for the playoffs, Rahul’s consistency meant he was once again an automatic choice for India in the shorter formats.When India announce the Test squad for the England tour, it will be impossible to leave him out.On Tuesday, Rahul walked in early after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed cheaply. India were not chasing a big target and Rahul took his time to settle down before unleashing a wide array of shots. He was unstoppable and even the fiery Rohit Sharma took a backseat as Rahul enthralled the Manchester crowd.advertisementHowever, Rahul had got off to a breezy start which included two sweetly timed boundaries off Simi Singh in the first over. He was unstoppable thereafter and in the company of Suresh Raina, took the Ireland bowling attack to the cleaners.India are desperately looking for two middle-order options in the ODI side and Rahul’s classy innings in Dublin and Manchester should now put him in good stead. He looked good for his second T20I hundred last week against the Irish but he was done in by a Kevin O’Brien’s spongy bounce.Rahul is no stranger to records and milestones. He had hammered a hundred on ODI debut and smashed his maiden Test hundred in only his second match against Australia.In August last year, Rahul equalled the world record for most consecutive half-centuries in Test cricket.last_img read more

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The rise of Naya Raipur

first_imgEarlier, one would invoke Chandigarh when it came to planned township. Today, the template has changed. Naya Raipur is fast emerging as a role model for developing cities, with Andhra Pradesh taking cue from it to develop its own capital in Amravati, and Jharkhand planning one in the near future.Naya Raipur, the idea for which first came up in 1973, is serving as the administrative capital of Chhattisgarh and catering to the infrastructural needs of industry and trade in the region. The planning and growth of Naya Raipur stands as a significant benchmark in rapidly urbanising India and among the green field cities planned globally in the 21st century.Naya Raipur, which has been developed under the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Smart City Mission’, has now blossomed into a world-class city with state-of-the-art infrastructure that also bring in social cohesion and local inclusiveness. It sets a precedent of how urban development should be initiated and implemented.Naya Raipur Development Plan 2031 was prepared with a vision to develop a ‘Green City’, equipped with modern amenities for residents and visitors. The city is wellplanned, with balanced distribution of landuse and acts as the engine of economic growth for Chhattisgarh.The development plan covers a total area of 237.42 sq km, out of which the core area alone spreads over 95.22 sq km. The targeted population for the city is 5,60,000 by 2031. The plan for 2031, prepared in 2008, encompasses 41 revenue villages. The planning area of Naya Raipur is distributed into three layers. The form of Naya Raipur was deliberately designed linear in shape to facilitate Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) movement and ease in planning of infrastructure and facilities.advertisementTHE GREEN PLANCrisscross green walkways have been proposed and are connected from one end of the city to the other to promote pedestrian andnon-motorised transportation (NMT) movement. The green belt of 500m width around Layer-I boundary acts as a natural air purifier for the city.All water bodies have been retained and even the smallest ones, including natural streams, ponds and lakes, have been provided with a buffer of 25 m. Keeping the climatic conditions in mind, detailed natural drainage analysis based on the sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) model has been prepared to retain water in streams, ponds and lakes throughout the year, using the water front for urban activities.HOUSING & INFRASTRUCTUREThe planning of the city is expected to accommodate housing for EWS and LIG with 25 per cent of area in the residential sectors reserved for the above economic classes. The infrastructure has been created utilising state-of-the-art technologies yet conserving the natural resources. NRDA has envisaged the development of the city on self-sustainable financing model.Various infrastructure projects like city level water supply, logistics hub and real estate projects like hotel, golf course, themed township, sports city, etc, are being developed.The infrastructure was envisioned as Information and Communication Technology-friendly in the development plan itself and subsequently, when Smart City initiative was introduced by the Government, the adaptation to the same was easily materialised.For Smart City implementation, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of all utilities and addition of SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition) system is being done.TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMThe transportation network for NRDA was based on the concept of accessibility, affordability, equitable and safe mobility. The 100-km of four and six lane city level roads have been constructed with 55-km of LED street-lighting.A 20m wide median is proposed in most of the roads with a vision of future expansion.A railway line has been planned and implemented connecting Naya Raipur to the main rail network within the country.Four railway stations within the planning boundary of NRDA will provide access to most of the sectors and villages. Other ongoing projects are Public Bike Sharing Scheme, Multimodal Logistics Hub and Last Mile Connectivity with e-IPT.POWER & WATER SUPPLYThe focus has been to make power supply available 24×7, reduce transmission and distribution loss. NRDA intends to increase in renewable energy resources (20 per cent power supply at Mantralaya is through solar energy) and continue to achieve more in this sector.Some of the key features of the smart energy system are to reduce redundancy, underground cable network, solar panels, wind-powered streetlights, intelligent streetlight management system, smart meters and electrical charging stations.A water treatment plant has been set up and treated water is being supplied to the residents since 2015. The existing system is being upgraded and the SCADA system is being set up to increase the system efficiency by future provision of 24×7 fully pressurised water supply system, real-time monitoring, automatic meter reading and its integration with billing software.advertisementlast_img read more

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New ‘Mahabali’ Bajrang gives India first gold of Asian Games, Sushil makes shock exit

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma and Amanpreet Singh Jakarta/Palembang, Aug 19 (PTI) Bajrang Punia snatched the spotlight from fading superstar Sushil Kumar to open India’s gold account at the 18th Asian Games after the shooters delivered just a bronze in a low-key start to their campaign today. An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a rusty Sushil lost his last chance to add an Asiad yellow metal to his rich collection after losing the qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74 kg category. Bajrang gave India the first gold of the Games in Jakarta but the country’s first medal came 600 kilometers away in Palembang, where the mixed rifle team of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar faltered towards the end to settle for bronze. Like wrestling, shooting was also a mixed bag as the bronze came after teen sensation Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the pistol mixed team finals against expectations. The hockey turf in Jakarta also produced a brilliant result for India with the women’s team, which won a bronze in 2014, hammering hosts Indonesia 8-0 for a rousing start. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the star of the show with a hat-trick. But the day well and truly belonged to Bajrang, who came into the Games after winning three tournaments — the Commonwealth Games, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Yasar Dogu International. He was simply sensational and produced a performance which had been expected of him in the build-up to the Games.advertisement Such was his domination that the 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, until the final, by technical superiority. He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle. With this stellar feat, Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won gold in the last edition. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are the other wrestlers who form India’s golden club at Asiad. “There are very few gold for Indian wrestlers in Asiad. So it is a big achievement for me. Only Yogeshwar and Rajinder Singh have won two gold medals in a year (CWG and Asiad), I am only the third to do it, so naturally, I am feeling proud of myself,” the 24-year-old said. Another name that was set to be on this list was of Sushil but the double Olympic medallist could not produce the big-event show he is famous for. However, he was graceful in defeat. “I did not expect this. The 57kg World Champion was sitting beside me, he said ‘I lost’. I told him dont worry, I have also lost. It is part of sport and I will come back again. We can’t be overwhelmed by defeats or victories, it won’t lead you anywhere,” said Sushil. A gold was also expected from the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang, where the Indians were in contention in two events, but the contingent had to be content with a mixed team rifle bronze. The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver. It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle tomorrow. World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men’s 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon. There were no more medals on the opening day but they were certainly some promising results. Indian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj finished creditable fifth and seventh respectively in the men’s 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke events. In rowing, medal hopes were raised after Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh topped Heat 2 in mens doubles sculls while Dattu Baban Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 of singles sculls. It was a lean day in tennis with most Indians getting first-round byes. There was one match in the mixed doubles and last-minute formed pairing of Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan did well to clear the opening hurdle. The Indian badminton team, led by Kidambi Srikanth, made a resounding start to its campaign, thrashing minnows Maldives 3-0 in the opening match of the team competition.advertisement World No 8. Srikanth brushed aside Maldives’ Hussein Zayan Shaheed Zaki 21-4 21-5 to give India a 1-0 lead. World No. 11 H S Prannoy then outclassed Mohamed Sarim 21-8 21-6. B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open, then ended the challenge of Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed with a 21-7 21-8 demolition as India wrapped up the contest 3-0. In Kabaddi, which has been India’s ‘gold mine’ at Asian Games, both teams made a winning start. The men’s team outclassed Sri Lanka after opening its campaign with a win over Bangladesh, while the women’s team pulled off a dominating win over Japan in its opener. PTI BS/AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Time magazine sold for USD 190 million to couple

first_imgWashington, Sep 17 (AP) Time Magazine is being sold by Meredith Corp to Marc Benioff, a co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife.The Wall Street Journal reported that the iconic news magazine is being sold for USD 190 million to Benioff, one of four co-founders of Salesforce, a cloud computing pioneer.The sale is occurring nearly eight months after Meredith Corp. completed its purchase of Time Inc.Meredith, the publisher of such magazines as People and Better Homes & Gardens, had put four Time Inc publications up for sale in March.Negotiations for the sale of the three other publications Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated are continuing. (AP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

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